So here goes (I’m going to try my best not to rant, honestly I am)
So I am at a bit of a crossroad and need to non-bias opinions (I am going to post on a couple of different forums just incase Smartthings get a little twitchy) but I would love for some actual feedback and positive reinforcement from the ST crew themselves, if thats not too much to ask, given how much the UK market is already neglected.
So my dilemma, I am currently having major renovation works on my house and I at a critical point where I need to make a decision if I stick with Smartthings (Continually hoping that things will get better) or make the move to another system.
Again I know were are all on here as ST users but I also know many of you out there stick with due to the bull ache of changing systems and I am sure there are a fair amount on here that have moved already but remain on here.
I want to go with a system that will allow me to get the most out of my smart tech and not be limited by such a small array of products (UK).
I ‘loathe’ having to do hours and hours of research on a product just to find out if a device type exists for it because Smartthigs have either “No Bothered” or “the one they made lacks most if not All device functionality”
Example - Fibaro Motion sensor, Fibaro Smoke Sensor - both of which the ST supplied DT serves very little in the way of proper functionality.
I keep trying to remind myself how they like to believe their ethics are based on being an open technology, allowing a fast array of hardware and software to work with them, (Certainly not in the UK anyway) but it seems like that have little or no time for the UK which doesn’t make any sense given the potential market. I alone a many friends that want to have a full smart home but I don’t have the passion or confidence to say, “Yeah get Smartthings” I know it will just come back to bite me when they moan that everything is a challenge.
Anyhow back to my question, does anyone have any suggestions of different techs that I could investigate. Ideally options where automated blinds/Curtains and such don’t require weeks of R&D, maybe even plugs that don’t require a bulky adapter (Although this may be asking too much).
As I said, Most of way walls are stripped down and they are installing deep back boxes with 3 wire system and full networking throughout so this I my ideal opportunity to make the right decision moving forward.
Better yet, maybe the ST people can give me some hope (short-term hope) that things are going to change for the UK marketplace.
I look forward to anyones valued feedback.
All the best